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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Best AFC North Rivalry: Browns vs. Steelers


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The rivalry between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers is deep rooted and extremely intense. It has all the ingredients: history, proximity and a natural hatred.

The first game was played on Oct. 7, 1950, a 30-17 victory for the Browns. The two teams have played nearly every year since, with the exception of Cleveland losing its team from 1996-98.

The Browns have struggled since returning to the NFL in 1999 and the Steelers have taken advantage, winning nine straight and 15 of 16. A case can be made that the current one-sidedness has lessened this rivalry, but there's still legitimate heat between these two clubs. Plus, the overall series stands at 55-55 (not including postseason games), which shows an amazing amount of levelness over the past 58 years.

NFL fans will be treated to one of the league's best rivalries this Sunday.

Intensity Rating: 4 (Update friends and loved ones about your last will and testament)